Texas A&M to SEC: Baylor's Move is Desperate, but Right

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on September 07 2011 11:29 AM
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SEC has accepted Texas A&M conditionally, but must wait on a Big 12 school to drop its lawsuit. REUTERS

The SEC said Wednesday member schools had voted to accept Texas A&M into the conference, but officially it can't acccept it until an unnamed Big 12 school dropped a pending lawsuit against the conference.

Early reports suggest that Big 12 school is Baylor and the school has already experienced a wave of negative reactions -- mostly on Twitter.

Among the most common complaints surfacing already is that the move by Baylor is one of pure desperation. And you know what? Those complainers are dead on the money.  

But just because Baylor's move is desperate, it doesn't mean the school isn't right about this situation.

One of the big issues with Baylor's move is that Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe promised the SEC that no Big 12 schools would sue the SEC if it accepted Texas A&M as a new conference member. The schools actually unanimously voted to hold together and not prevent A&M from moving in to the SEC, according to a letter released to the media on Wednesday.

Is it wrong for Baylor to now go against its word and withdraw its consent to not pursue a lawsuit? Absolutely.

But the bigger wrong is that no other Big 12 conference team is joining Baylor in a lawsuit.

It actually boggles the mind that no other Big 12 conference teams see the writing on the wall, especially less well-known schools like Iowa State.

Texas A&M's departure doesn't guarantee the death of the Big 12 conference, but it certainly sets the process in motion. And if Oklahoma leaves for the Pac-12, as has been rumored? Well, you can then kiss the Big 12 goodbye.  

To be fair, some schools will come out okay if the Big 12 succumbs to a raid by the country's other big football conferences.

Texas and Oklahoma are two of the most attractive schools in the country -- they'll both be fine. So will their in-state brethren Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

Missouri has often been mentioned as a possible SEC or Big 10 target and offers the attractive Kansas City and St. Louis television markets. Its football and basketball programs are both solid, plus academically it's not bad - the Tigers will be okay.

It starts to get a little shakier once it gets to Kansas, but one would imagine its storied basketball history could help the school land somewhere.

Past Kansas, the prospects get uglier and uglier for schools like Baylor. The remaining three conference schools, Baylor, Iowa State, and Kansas State, will undoubtedly face issues trying to find a new conference home.

Those three schools will land probably somewhere, but I'd argue it won't be nearly as good an option as the Big 12.

It'll likely mean less money, less exposure, and less opportunities to recruit at a high level in the big revenue sports for those programs.

Does it make sense now why Baylor is trying to hold on with everything it has got?

All that plus the fact Baylor's president is Ken Starr -- the man who investigated former President Clinton's dalliances with Monica Lewinsky -- makes it easy to understand why Baylor is trying to hold up Texas A&M's departure.

I just can't figure out why more schools aren't doing the same.

 

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